The 100 returns from its three-week hiatus with another installment of Clarke Griffin being in that exact same room pointing a gun at Cadogan. But this time she finally gets to leave.
Before I talk about what happens on Bardo, I want to discuss Sanctum. Out of all the questionable choices the seventh season of The 100 has made, focusing so much on Sanctum has to be the worst one. It doesn’t make sense to focus so much on this one planet when we’ve learned there’s a whole universe of interconnected ones out there. Sanctum isn’t the only choice anymore. There’s so much violence there, so why not just leave? You don’t have to stay with Sheidheda and fight for this small piece of land and a half-burnt down castle.
J.R. Bourne does an amazing job as Sheidheda, but he’s being forced to be the lead of a show that’s not his. I wanted Indra to have a bigger role on the show, but not like this. Not when all she’s doing is fighting the least interesting villain this show’s ever seen. Even his big confrontation with Madi felt lackluster. I don’t know when the Sanctum storyline will merge with Bardo’s, but the sooner the better.
Back on the slightly more interesting planet, Clarke uses her advantage of being the key to get alone time with the “three most dangerous women on this or any planet.” So, we’re starting off early with the bad writing this episode. (I don’t even want to talk about Miller telling people to “get the flock out” of the stone room.)
It’s strange how Clarke never asks anyone how Bellamy died, and just seems to accept that it happened. I’m sure it could be chalked up to the stress of the current situation, but it’s a weird choice considering how Bellamy reacted to Clarke’s “death” last season. There were multiple scenes of him breaking down over her. Are we supposed to feel like Bellamy cares more about Clarke than she cares about him? I find that really hard to believe considering she called him every day for six years. We barely have her acknowledge his death at all, besides a brief apology to Octavia when they reunite.
Even at the end of the episode Echo acknowledges how much Clarke’s death would have affected Bellamy, so why don’t we get to see that from her? Clarke’s never allowed to grieve, and it couldn’t be more frustrating. By now I think we’ve all realized the chances of a Bellarke romance in this season are slim, but this makes it feel impossible.
It was nice to see Clarke and Octavia hug after everything they’ve been through together. Only two seasons ago they were actively trying to kill each other. While Clarke’s barely been in this season, and I don’t think all of these reconciliations are deserved, it’s nice to see her have friends again.
The moment between Octavia and Miller was also a great surprise. They’ve known each other since the beginning and went through some really traumatic things together in the bunker. Octavia was the cause of most of them, but whatever. It’s still sweet.
Fans of the Levitt and Octavia pairing are probably disappointed she left him tied up after learning of Echo’s plans, but that’s the most in-character thing she’s done this season. She barely knew him anyway. It’s funny how Levitt is supposed to be a really smart guy who was entrusted with something as important as M-CAP on Bardo, and he didn’t even consider that Clarke might not still have the flame in her. He watched what happened right before she got it put in. It was never meant to be a permanent thing.
It’s been a while since Octavia’s memories were originally taken. Why wouldn’t they have gone back in to learn more about the key they’ve been waiting for? Maybe Jordan’s onto something, and the people of Bardo aren’t so smart after all.
The lunch between Cadogan and Gabriel felt very reminiscent of seasons two and three, where we heard that “love is weakness” every ten minutes. We’ve been down this road before. In theory, it makes sense that you’re saving yourself heartache by giving up on love and familial bonds. But ultimately, that’s what makes life worth living. I love any scene with Gabriel Santiago, but was this one really necessary?
My favorite part of this episode was the end scene in the ventilation room. We’ve been waiting for Echo to go full Finn 2.0, and it was really gratifying to hear her admit that all she wants is vengeance. If she went through with it, she would’ve been even worse than Finn. What he did was horrible, but at least he was trying to save Clarke. Echo just wants to make other people feel her pain.
Of course, she couldn’t go through with it, otherwise, the season would’ve ended then and there, but I’m worried that she’ll be completely forgiven for stopping it at the last minute. If she and Bellamy reunite, he should still be appalled at her actions and her plan even though she didn’t go through with it at the end. It’s still something so far from what he would have wanted that any kind of reconciliation between them will feel forced.
Have we ever needed more proof that Echo doesn’t really know or love Bellamy? He would never have done the same thing, and the fact that she truly thinks he would is absurd. Also, I think it’s worth noting that Echo said he would do it for Octavia and Clarke as well. His relationship with Octavia has been strained for a while, but I can understand why she’d equate Octavia’s importance to Bellamy to her own. But, Clarke?
She’s not wrong in any way, it’s just weird for her to admit that. Bellamy spent six years with Raven on the ring, and yet Echo doesn’t think he’d do this for her. So, why do we keep hammering home the fact that Clarke is so important to Bellamy if we’re never going to explain why? She’s not just his best friend, and she never has been. Come on, pick a side! Either write romantic subtext or don’t. Don’t keep playing with your audience by adding in throwaway lines that you’re never going to do anything about.
And I don’t know, there’s something about the way Echo screams that Clarke would have no idea what Bellamy wanted that makes me think there’s something more to it. But, maybe I’m just misinterpreting.
Did anyone else find it strange that Raven’s the one to get through to Echo in the end? We’ve been told that “Spacekru” is a family, but I cannot think of any meaningful on-screen interaction we’ve seen between these two characters. They’re not sisters, and their makeshift family does not have the narrative importance the writers think it does. But, whatever. We’ve been focusing on character dynamics no one cares about all season long anyway.
I’m sad to see Diyoza go, but that was a great ending to her story. She died saving her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. Shelby Flannery and Ilana Miličević both gave great performances in Diyoza’s final moments. This will no doubt have a major influence on Hope’s character arc going forward, as well as Octavia’s.
There are only six episodes left in the season. What are you hoping to see before it comes to an end?
- It probably wasn’t supposed to be funny, but I’ve never laughed harder at The 100 then when Sheidheda came out in his new look.
- It’s slightly cool to see Murphy in a more rational, protective role, but this type of character development feels rushed. Are we forgetting he was willing to let Clarke die last season for a chance at immortality? That’s not someone worth believing in.
- Bellamy’s choices in season three are not the same as Echo’s plan to wipe out Bardo. They should not have been compared.
- For someone who’s only been in five minutes of the season, Bellamy sure drives a lot of the plot.
- If one individual has to be tested to decide the fate of the human race, it should definitely not be Cadogan. But who should it be? Clarke? Gabriel?
Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comments below!
The 100 Series Finale Review- May We Never Meet Again (7×16)
Based on the first fifteen episodes of the season, we knew The 100‘s series finale wasn’t going to be great. But, wow. It was somehow still worse than expected.
If the closing message of the show was meant to be that humanity can be better if they put their minds to it, it should’ve ended with season five. But instead, we watched two more seasons of humanity proving that it will never change and committing more and more atrocious acts of violence. Why should they be allowed to transcend? Because they called a ceasefire one time?
The speech Octavia gave that changed everyone’s minds wasn’t nearly as powerful as the writers intended it to be. Neither was Raven’s plea to the judge. Nothing felt earned in this episode.
The Lexa and Abby cameos felt horribly out of place. If they were going to bring either of these actresses back, it should’ve at least been for something worthwhile. The concept of the judge appearing as your greatest love/teacher/failure/etc. was an interesting idea, but it wasn’t done well. It wasn’t used for any emotional impact. If Clarke or Raven were actually affected by the person they saw standing in front of them and changed what they said because of who they felt they were talking to, it would’ve been worthwhile. But, The 100 always likes to introduce cool ideas and never follow through on them in a meaningful way. This will just be another plot point added to the list of missed opportunities (like the radio calls, M-CAP, etc.)
I have mixed opinions on Clarke failing the test. It makes sense that Clarke would be defensive of her actions, especially this season seven version of Clarke, but it also feels wrong. She didn’t seem remorseful at all. We’ve seen Clarke wracked with guilt over her choices in the past, so it doesn’t fully add up that she would be so defiant at this moment. She’s grappling with what happened to Madi, so that provides some context for the way she acts, but still. It just felt really off. Especially considering it came right after the sequence of Clarke killing several guards and Cadogan without any emotion in her eyes. Who even was that?
And now she never gets to transcend? It’s a bizarre choice to doom your protagonist in that way. The beach scene at the end is presumably intended to be hopeful, but it didn’t feel that way. Especially because of the gaping hole left by Bellamy.
None of that meant anything without him. A peaceful life with everyone together, living happily and falling in love? You can keep it if your male lead isn’t there.
It’s insulting that Levitt gets to be there but Bellamy doesn’t. That Hope and Jordan get to have the happy life together that he didn’t get to have with anyone. Why do the new characters get special treatment when the co-lead is erased from the narrative and denied any semblance of a happy ending? Bellamy was right. He was right about transcendence, and now everyone gets it instead of him. I guess it’s poetic justice that Clarke won’t get it either then.
Why did Emori get to transcend? She was technically dead. It’ll probably be blamed on the mind drive, but it kind of takes away from Murphy’s sacrifice to be with her.
We were given another needlessly gory death of someone who provided great representation when Emori died at the beginning of the finale, only for her mind drive to be put into John’s head so they could have their final moments together. The scene of them dancing in the headspace while Miller and Jackson danced in Sanctum was the only scene that was somewhat enjoyable in this episode.
I wanted to highlight Murphy’s speech to Emori where he talks about how without her he would just be surviving, not living. He then goes on to say that he would choose a few hours with her over forever without. That was a good callback to “life should be about more than just surviving”, and also just a really sweet sentiment. Murphy and Emori were stuck in the pointless Sanctum storyline for most of the season, but I’m glad we got a few good moments in with them at the end.
I don’t buy everyone choosing to live on Earth with Clarke instead of transcendence. Most of them haven’t been friends with her in years. Hope, Jordan, and Levitt barely know her. Why would they give something like that up for her? It genuinely doesn’t make narrative sense, so it doesn’t feel like a good ending.
Sure, maybe it can be argued that they just want to live a normal life, and it’s not necessarily for Clarke. But that’s not a great ending either.
- The Hope and Jordan scene in the bunker was so pointless. This is the finale, come on! Use that time to make your ending more believable.
- The “worse than killed her” line was super off-putting.
- So much of the first half of the season was spent on Echo, Hope, and Gabriel for no reason. Hope got shoehorned into an undeveloped relationship, Gabriel was killed, and Echo got…? Nothing?
- The series couldn’t decide between a nihilistic ending or a hopeful one until it was too late for either option to be well-done.
- Still not a fan of Levitt and Octavia.
- Indra killed Sheidheda way too late.
It’s finally over. What’d you think of the ending? Are you hoping the prequel gets picked up? (I’m not.) Let us know in the comments below!
‘The 100’ Showrunner Jason Rothenberg on Fan ‘Expectations’ and ‘Surprise Guests’ Ahead of Series Finale
It all comes to an end this Wednesday, September 30.
This may be a relief for some The 100 fans who have been less-than impressed with the show’s direction in the final season.
Showrunner Jason Rothenberg spoke to TVLine about what he hopes that final hour-long episode accomplishes especially after the penultimate episode left many questions that needed to be addressed and much to be desired.
“We’re going to try and wrap up as many things as we can,” he said. “It’s a finale — and it’s a series finale on top of that — so there will be some surprise guests. Fans can have expectations of a certain scope and scale that I feel we’ve always been able to achieve in these finales.”
The final episode also marks his directional debut.
“This was a difficult season, because we also made a pilot within the season in the middle of everything,” he explained. “And because we shot the pilot so late in the season, I went right from being on the set of the prequel to prepping the finale. … It was definitely a challenge, but I’m glad I did it. I kind of wish I’d done it earlier, so I could have four or five [episodes] under my belt now, but it would have been a regret had I not.”
He even explained that the final scene from the penultimate episode, which saw Clarke deciding to relieve Madi of her pain and suffering, was intended to kickoff the series finale.
“I actually wrote and directed that scene,” he said, adding, “But the finale was too long, so I had to put it at the end of the previous episode. That episode originally ended prior to Clarke making the decision to euthanize her child, so there was going to be a little more time — at least in the audience’s mind — before she got to that decision.”
Rothenberg seems to believe that he’s achieved what he intended for the finale and even promises some “surprise guests.”
“If the finale gets a little trippy, as seems pretty likely if Clarke and Co. are in for a test on top of the war, then all bets could be off and we could see the returns of some dearly (or not-so-dearly) departed characters,” he said.
Here’s the official synopsis for the series finale: “After all the fighting and loss, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and her friends have reached the final battle. But is humanity worthy of something greater?”
The 100 Review- Only One More To Go (7×15)
The penultimate episode of a series will tell you everything you need to know about the finale. Will there be enough time to wrap everything up? Are characters headed towards endings that make sense for them? Is the message the show is trying to leave us clear? Based on this week’s episode of The 100, next week’s series finale will likely not meet any of those criteria.
An hour that should’ve been spent on wrapping up relationships arcs and setting up the last big obstacle our characters have to face included a lot of filler moments. Over the years The 100 has introduced way too many new characters that they don’t know what to do with. Any effective character development ended after season four, and we’re now left with a plot that’s too ambitious that we have no emotional connection to.
This Could’ve Been Avoided
And unfortunately, these final episodes are tainted by the loss of male lead Bellamy Blake. It’s not lost on the audience that every other character is getting a death scene surrounded by the people they love and a traveler’s blessing. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It’s hard not to imagine how Bellamy would’ve been able to save Madi from her fate. The only reason he wasn’t in that room with Cadogan and Levitt is because Clarke wasn’t able to trust him. It would’ve been nice if she could’ve at least tried to understand where he was coming from. She wouldn’t be completely alone if she did.
It’s incredibly frustrating to see Clarke continuously push the blame for Bellamy’s death on anyone but herself. His faith didn’t kill him, she did. His death is not comparable to anyone else she’s lost. This wasn’t a Finn or an Abby situation. He was still himself and she had many other choices. It doesn’t make narrative sense to show us Bellamy crying and begging Clarke to trust him and telling her that all he wants to do is protect everyone only for all of his friends to agree that he was too far gone to be saved. If they wanted to write a brainwashed Bellamy, they should’ve done it. But instead, Clarke seems heartless and out of character. It’s a shame that Bellamy was only worth anything to the people he loved when he agreed with them.
Octavia only wants to honor the memory of the brother that would give up anything for her. She won’t acknowledge the man who developed a sense of agency and found something that brought him comfort and peace. Even in death, he’s still mistreated.
Under The Rubble
The only good parts of the episode were involving Emori. I’m really hoping she pulls through. She’s the hidden gem of The 100, and it would be a shame for her to not get a happy ending.
Murphy and Emori are easy to root for. They’re a great match. It’s been nice seeing Murphy care for someone other than himself. His desperation to find her underneath the rubble was the most in-character thing we’ve seen this season. The conversation they shared while Jackson was cauterizing her wound was adorable.
I especially liked the part where Emori was describing how happy she was in Sanctum and how she finally felt like she mattered, only for Murphy to intercept saying that she always mattered to him. Who would’ve thought John Murphy would end up being apart of the only good couple left?
Raven and Emori’s friendship was a bit more developed than the rest of the relationships built on Skyring, so their moments together also felt meaningful. Everyone’s become so self-sacrificial lately but hopefully Raven continues to be stubborn and Emori & co. travel to Sanctum instead of Bardo.
What’s The Point?
The entire final sequence was sickening to watch. It’s disturbingly written, and the way it’s shot makes your skin crawl. The 100 brands itself as a series that pushes boundaries and isn’t afraid to face the dark sides of humanity. But there comes a point where enough is enough. The show’s become another egregious example of what happens when you become addicted to making your characters suffer and just end up creating torture porn. What’s the message you’re trying to give your audience? That no matter what you do, you can never be happy? That there will always be worse things ahead?
Isolating your protagonist from everyone she’s ever loved isn’t bold storytelling, it’s just bad. It’s exhausting to watch. And to show a child left behind in that kind of state? There’s no shock value or benefit to going to such a dark place. It just upsets your audience without adding anything to the narrative.
There’s not much else to say about it.
- Clarke and Gaia’s scenes felt hollow. Their relationship isn’t developed enough for any of their moments to have meaning. Same can be said for Octavia and Levitt.
- On the other hand, Gaia’s moments with Indra felt well-earned. They’ve fought over faith for a long time, and they’ve come a long way.
- Should we be expecting Clarke to go full Daenerys in the finale? Without Madi, she apparently has nothing left to fight for.
- Jordan always feels out of place. They never really figured out what to do with him.
- I pray I never hear the words “go float yourself” again.
- Clarke humming the same song she hummed to Atom in 1×03 when she mercy killed him would’ve been really powerful in any other instance.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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